Top 10 Surveillance Do’s and Don’ts

It’s a beautiful feeling to be in a marriage with a partner you love and trust. However, if feelings of mistrust eventually arise and you suspect your spouse is cheating on you, what should you do then? You could spend the money to hire a private investigator to figure out if it’s really true that they are going outside of the marriage in infidelity. A private investigator is able to use surveillance tactics to find out for sure. Or you could choose to do some surveillance yourself, using commonly available and affordable tools. Whichever course you take, here are some do’s and don’ts you need to consider in order to keep your surveillance on the right path..

Do Install a Hidden Camera in Your Home

You have every right as a homeowner to place surveillance cameras in your home. You don’t even have to tell your spouse, and obviously why would you because you are trying to catch him or her in the act of doing something wrong anyway. So go ahead and place that hidden camera in your fake smoke detector. They won’t even know it’s there.

Do Share Your Important Account Passwords

This might not be easy to negotiate with your spouse, but, in almost all cases, passwords for shared account (bank accounts, investments, etc.) should be openly shared. Put it to them this way, if they have nothing to hide, why shouldn’t passwords be common knowledge between you? This way either one of you can check on the other at any time.

Do Monitor Their Computer With Apps

Although you can’t break into their email accounts if you don’t have their password, because it’s considered hacking, you can monitor their computer with apps that are available. This will let you to monitor, at a minimum, their browser history. There is also a great “Couple Tracker” app that allows you both to monitor each other’s texts, GPS location, calls, and social media activity.

Do Test Their Clothing

This gets a tad gross, but it’s effective at truly finding out if your spouse is cheating. There are kits available that will test for bodily fluids on clothing. Enough said about that one. The kits run around $50 so these kits are relatively inexpensive test, but also very accurate.

Do Ask Them

If it’s at the point where you’re exasperated with trying to figure out ways to covertly spy on your spouse, try this: just ask them. You are much better off just bringing the subject to the table to discuss it in a reasonable way, instead of driving yourself insane trying to catch them in the act.

Don’t Involve Their Workplace

For one it’s illegal to place surveillance devices at their work. Plus, it just sets them on shaky ground if you talk to their boss or coworkers about things that are going on in your marriage.

Don’t Put Cameras In Their Personal Car

While it’s legal to put a camera in your home, it’s usually not legal to place a camera in someone’s car without their knowledge. So, unless you own the car, you might want to leave a camera out of it.

Don’t Violate Common Law Invasion of Privacy Statutes

These laws vary per state, but there are also federal laws about surveillance to consider. Take a look at the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) which will tell you what is illegal to do when it comes to spying on your spouse.

Don’t GPS Their Car Unless Your Name Is On The Title

This is similar to putting a camera in their car. Unless you have ownership of the car they are using, don’t put a GPS tracker on it. If you do own the car, then you have a right to put whatever GPS tracker on it you want to, even without telling your spouse.

Don’t Record Their Phone Calls

This is a violation of many federal Wiretap Acts, so be careful with this one. It’s best to just avoid doing it altogether. Most suspicious conversations these days take place through texting anyway, so monitoring those texts is going to be more important.